iPhone Earphones can Handle a Wash Cycle

Here’s a testament to durability: my iPhone earphones (1st gen ones with the in-line mic and button) went missing a couple of days ago. I discovered tonight that they had been in the pocket of my jeans, and have in the interim been through a complete warm clothes wash cycle followed by a couple of hours in a hot dryer.

I’m not sure if it can all be put down to Apple quality contrl though. A few months back I followed some advice and detatched the stock Apple buds from the wires and soldered on my preferred Sennheiser in-ear buds. I can’t stand Apple buds.

So if you want clean earphones, just wash them.

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  1. I too have washed mine, and they worked. however, when I stepped on one of them, they never were the same, and eventually died.

    Why cut off the cord – you like the white – or you have some spare buds around?

  2. Other way around. I threw away the apple buds and kept the cord so I could use the inline mic, and attached my nice high-quality in-ear monitors to the cord.

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